It's a day of milestones in women's college basketball as two Division I coaches reached 1,000 career victories Tuesday.
North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell got there when her Tar Heels beat Grambling State 79-63 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Connecticut's Geno Auriemma also reached the 1,000-win mark when his No. 1 Huskies defeated Oklahoma.
Hatchell joins the late Pat Summitt of Tennessee (1,098 wins) and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (1,018) on the women's side, and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (1,082) on the men's side among Division I basketball coaches to hit the 1,000-win mark.
Rutgers women's coach C. Vivian Stringer is at 988 victories and also could reach 1,000 this season. Her Scarlet Knights are currently 12-2.
Hatchell's record is now 1,000-376, with 728 of those victories coming at North Carolina and 272 at Francis Marion. She is 11 wins shy of former Virginia coach Debbie Ryan's record for most victories at an Atlantic Coast Conference women's program.
"The fact that I still get nervous and get the jitters, but it's the good jitters before all the games. Whenever I lose that, that will be time to let somebody else do it,'' Hatchell said. "But I've got it now just as much as ever. And what I've gone through the last few years has absolutely renewed my passion for the game and for winning, especially at UNC.''
She won an NCAA title with North Carolina in 1994, and AIAW and NAIA titles with Francis Marion in 1982 and '86, respectively. Hatchell is in her 32nd season at North Carolina and 43rd season overall.
Hatchell also has been to the Women's Final Four two other times (2006 and 2007), and has won eight ACC tournament titles.
Auriemma and Hatchell have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.